Firearms in truck

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by NATIONWYDE, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Cowpie1

    Cowpie1 Road Train Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Kellogg, IA
    Ok.... there is no regulation in the FMCSA pile of stuff that forbids carrying a firearm in a commercial vehicle. Anything and everything related to this is a state by state issue. If you have a CC permit, then you need to check reciprocity of your state with the others. Some, like Illinois, do not recognize any state CC permit. If you do not have a CC permit, and you have a firearm on board, then there are a thousand different ways you could be in violation. There are just plain too many rules to keep up with. Does it have to be stashed where no one in the truck can get to it. Does it have to remain unloaded. Does it have to be in a locked gun case. etc, etc, etc.

    If you want to carry or keep a firearm in the truck, then you had better be up on all the laws of any state you enter.

    Now, that being said, using one in "self defense" is relative. Some states have what is called the "stand your ground" type of laws. Others do not. In those states, almost in every case if you shoot and wound or kill, because you did not seek every attempt to escape from the conflict instead of shooting, you are liable for assault or at least manslaughter. Iowa recently had a case where a guy was being attacked by two assailants, one of which had a very long criminal record. He called 911, kept yelling at the guys to stay away, he made every attempt to have law enforcement get there to stop it, and he eventually shot one of the guys in the shoulder. He had a valid CC permit, and was carrying legally. He was arrested and charged because he did not run away from the conflict and leave his auto and belongings behind. He was finally acquitted by a jury....... after he sat in the county jail for over 3 months, lost his job as a federal employee, and lost his apartment and all of his belongings. The jury saw thru all the nonsense and acquitted him of all charges, but wow.... he still walked out of jail homeless, no job, no money, and no personal belongings. If you want to play this game, you had better wear your cup. Play arm chair lawyer if you want, but the real world can be a very unforgiving place for the naive.

    Anyone that wants to play in the firearms arena had better be prepared for some unsympathetic law enforcement and a district attorney trying to make a name for themselves. You had better have all your ducks in a row and a lawyer on retainer.
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  3. craggy1982

    craggy1982 Light Load Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    yes you can carry a firearm in your truck. it does not matter if you are concealed carry or not. conceal carry just allows you to carry concealed and loaded. just keep in mind that when transporting a firearm you have to comply with each states laws regarding the transport of a firearm. also keep in mind if you enter a plant that has a sign saying no firearms and are caught you can be charged with criminal trespassing.
  4. john kedz

    john kedz Bobtail Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    There is always one of several firearms in my cab....I hide them well, I dont have targets up or warnings or any of that other stuff...I keep it low key. It is for self defense only. If i pull it it will be used very quickly. I have been searched by several different organizations and they were never found.....However, I know if they are, I will have to pay.
  5. AZS

    AZS Honk if anything falls off

    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX, AZ
    even if my company allowed them I still can't even get back home long enough even to get my CCW permit.
  6. bowman316

    bowman316 Medium Load Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    aberdeen, md
    Knowing you have than gun next to your bed, makes it easier to sleep at night, in some of those shady places.
  7. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Never has bothered me without one.
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    You have to comply with all laws in all jurisdictions wherever you happen to be. There is no permit that exempts you from local laws. Your CDL or CMV is irrelevant. This is the one time you are treated just like any other person. Good luck always being in compliance in every podunk village and county and within so many feet of a school, etc,

    In some locations mere possesion of hollow-point bullets is a crime, no matter how you store them. Hollow points just happen to be the most common self-defense bullet sold. Some states having a firearm capable of carrying more than 10 rounds is a no-no. Unless you run a dedicated route you can't be sure you are always legal. You have to research all of the local regulations or decide to carry and sometimes be legal and sometimes be illegal.
  9. bowman316

    bowman316 Medium Load Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    aberdeen, md
    yea, my gun holds 13 rounds.
    I heard some states like NY don't want you to be able to hold more than 8 rounds.
    Seems like a minor thing to worry about, for the state. Is there that big a difference between having 13 rounds and 8?
    then only time that would matter is if you went on a shooting spree, like that crazy guy in AZ last year.
  10. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    1 in the chamber and always concealed.

    DOT inspections and along the destinations . DOT never asked about firearms.
    5 years doing the trucking circuit. Officer safety lacking yes. Never asked and never searched. Never told.

    The gun is never in the truck. What is the point of having a gun ? Always on me. Even stepping out to speak with the DOT. They never ask and assume no weapons. No hatred to the law enforcement. not ignorant or gun pro nazi. they never have asked. If they ask one day and then i will tell and whatever comes from it in a sane way, Accept the punishment.

    But that one day when indeed to use it on the job or off the job. Will not be against law enforcement. indeed for my life.
    Not worried about Law enforcement officals. It's the other 99% USA population.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  11. Blackadder47

    Blackadder47 Medium Load Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Eugene, Or

    I have never parked anywhere where I felt I needed a gun for protection.
    Shaggy Thanks this.
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